The meet hosted by the UAPA, Power Surge IV, was as every UAPA meet. A success. There was a ton of lifters, which made for a long day. You can see the great group that the UAPA has through the outpouring of volunteers assisting with the presentation of the meet.
APU President, Kain Lyon, attempts a 290 Kg Squat
APU Vice President & UAPA President Shane Martin attempts a 245 Kg Squat
In the end it was a fantastic conclusion to a wonderful year of powerlifting. 2014 will get off to an early start with the Cold Lake Bar Benders Open. See you there!
- Kain Lyon
Saturday, November 9th, 2013
New Competition Announced
There has been an APU sanctioned competition schedule for January 11th, 2014. For the first time in a long time, in Cold Lake, Alberta! Hosted by the Cold Lake Bar Benders Club, namely Brody Laybolt. It is nice to see such a new club take on a venture such as hosting a meet.
We now are only one week away from the Power Surge IV in Edmonton. The UAPA typically puts on a great show for lifters and audience alike so this could very well ending up as the climactic powerlifting event of 2013!
- Kain LyonWednesday, October 16th, 2013
There has been a record number of meets in the APU this year and many new results have been posted in the results section. The next meet is the Power Surge IV in Edmonton hosted by the University of Alberta Powerlifting Association. This meet always proves to be a large one.
Rumor has it that there will be a meet hosted in January. As of right now the location and the exact date are TBA.
Finally, Scott Campbell is now the records chair for the APU. The records section of the site has been reformatted.
- Kain LyonOctober 15th, 2013
In my 28 years as an APU member I've never seen such a busy year with so
many contests. Our membership is at an all time high, we should finish close
to 150 members. This mirrors the CPU as a whole, with over 1200 members,
also an all time high.
Not only have we had a great year in the province, but internationally as well, Edmonton's Lewis Noppers taking the GOLD medal at the recent IPF World Masters, and Dani Savoie also getting the GOLD at the Classic Worlds in Russia. I was very proud to earn the Bronze medal at the World Masters. Apologies to any that I may have missed mentioning.
One more local event for us, Powersurge in Edmonton, about 4 weeks from now, but all reports it should be another big meet. In December, Kevin Breiter, Dani Savoie, Shane Martin and myself will travel to Nerw Zealand as part of team Canada at the Commonwealth Championships. Wish us luck.
I'd also like to pass on congratulations to our newest APU Provincial referee, Adam Price, who passed his test at the Urban Games meet.
As you may have noticed, the website front page has been ignored for a few months. I'm trying to find a new webmaster for us, currently I'm not even an EC member in the APU, but since I host the site, I guess it's me by default. If you have the skills, and are interested, please contact me.
- Mike ArmstrongSaturday, June 1st, 2013
There has been lost of new stuff coming about in the APU. First, the scheduling of many new meets. There is the Peak Power Strength Challenge coming up in mid-June, APU Provincials in early July and I will give the heads up to our APU members one for two meets in the planning stages for August. These, coupled with the usual autumn meets in AB could make for the busiest year in the APU ever!
The APU would also like to welcome our seventh powerlifting club into our union, the Olds Barbell Club from Olds, AB. It will be interesting to see the team competition at provincials with so many available teams!
More to come
- Kain LyonSaturday, April 21st, 2013
The meet hosted yesterday in Calgary, Strive to Qualify, was an excellent event. We saw many first time lifters and those coming from other federations come out and compete. It was a wonderful experience that we have come to expect from our powerlifting meets.
This year Nationals was held in Richmond, BC, in the Olympic Oval. By far
the best venue I have ever competed in powerlifting. A lovely view of the
mountains right behind the gear check and weigh-in room among a vast amount
of amenities in the building itself. Team Alberta won 20 medals this year
spanning across all disciplines, classic and equipped, bench-only and
3-lift. Team Alberta also took the best province team award beating BC with
a narrow margin of 38 points. This was the first year Nationals held a best
province award and it is a great feeling to have our province being the
inaugural engraving on the trophy!
Some highlights of Team Alberta competing was:
Alison started the 3-lift portion of the competition with an exciting win in the very competitive 63kg classic class. She attempted an incredible 170kg deadlift but lost it for technical reasons. Either way, it is beyond impressive seeing that caliber of lifting representing Alberta!
Kojo wowed the crowd yet again with his monstrous performance. Squatting 225kg and pulling 280kg at 74kg – classic, is a feat few can obtain. He attempted a world record deadlift of 291kg. It broke from the ground and made it to his knees but then gravity brought it back down. Kojo also won best classic male lifter as well – well deserved!
Jean also had a great meet taking home two national records and winning his weight class of 105kg, classic.
APU executive Avi started the equipped bench for Team Alberta with an incredible 267.5kg bench. Avi has been competing and winning for many years. It is great to see him in top form and strength at the national stage!
In the 83kg equipped class, there was a battle between Medicine Hat powerlifting club members, Bryce and Tyler, for the gold. Tyler took the gold for his second year in a row of open 83kg champion by a 10kg margin. It was a great battle between long-time friends and training partners.
The 93kg equipped class was quite the display of strength. Hector squatted a jaw dropping 325kg, blew the crowd away with his 320kg hook grip deadlift, and Wilks of 533 – Congratulations!
UAPA executives and training partners Tony and Shane battled it out for bronze in the 93kg equipped catagory. It came down to the last pull. Shane missed his deadlift just above his knees and Tony – being the incredible deadlifter he is – pulled 300kg with relative ease to secure the medal. Congrats, to Tony for taking home his gold in the 83kg classic and a bronze in the 93kg equipped class. He had a great meet!
Adam, a lifter from Calgary, continued Team Alberta’s streak by winning his 83kg junior equipped class and moving some impressive weights. Adam also took home the best equipped junior male lifter!
Lewis, impressive as always, pulled a national record deadlift of 275.5 in the Master 1 category.
Darwin set national records in all his attempts and took home gold for the Master 3 category.
Overall, this year nationals were an incredible experience for Team Alberta and I. I want to express my deepest thanks to BC Powerlifting for hosting an incredible meet. Hosting Nationals is a lot of work, time, and sacrifice. Without the tireless efforts of meet directors, volunteers, sponsors, and athletes, these events would not be as grandiose as they are. So, again, thank you from the APU! I look forward to next year’s Nationals in St. Catherine’s. Train hard and see you all at Provincials – which James, July 5th and 6th in Calgary, hosts this year.
- Shane Martin
There is a qualifier meet being held in Calgary so lifters can qualify for provincials. The APU's qualifiers for provincials are equal to the CPU regional qualifying totals. The meet is "Strive to Qualify," held on April 20th. Provincials date and meet director's has also been set, it shall be hosted once again by Avi Silverberg and James Bartlett in Calgary on July 5th and 6th.
A new promotional video for the APU has been posted as well (created by Shane Martin):
More to come!
- Kain Lyon
The entry form for the 2013 CPU National Powerlifting and Bench Press Championship, held in Vancouver, British Columbia is now available to APU members. To acquire an entry form signed by the APU president please follow the following procedure:
Make sure you meet the criteria for nationals qualification as listed here
E-mail the APU president with your name, age category, weight class, qualification total needed, meet where qualification total was achieved, and mailing address.
Download the Nationals Information Package(the other pages of the entry form that need not be signed).
There has been a meet announced for early January 2013, the Avi Silverberg Bench Press Classic! The meet shall be held in Calgary at Peak Power on the SAIT campus. This is a Bench Press Only meet open to all ages, both classic and equipped bench press. Rob Negrin, a relatively new athlete to the APU is undertaking the hosting of this event. The entry form has been posted on the Contests page of the website. It should be a nice little event and a good one for new lifters to qualify for provincials!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone!
- Kain LyonTuesday, December 4th, 2012
The University of Alberta Powerlifting Association held it's third Power Surge Powerlifting Meet. The meet was in the University of Alberta’s Butterdome. It was the biggest meet in Alberta this year with fourteen bench only athletes and fifty-two three-lift competitors. The format was bench only to start the meet with two morning flights of heavier male lifters following. Then in the afternoon, the females and lighter males continued the momentum of excellent lifting.
The University of Alberta’s Powerlifting Association created the Power Surge meet over 5 years ago. Each year gathering momentum from the last and with the amount of interest showed this year we can only image the size and quality the next one will bring. The size and popularity of meets like this one only shows how the sport of powerlifting is continually growing in our beloved province.
The UAPA had nine lifters competing. Five of which were their first meet. Everyone had a great meet hitting personal records all around. Kojo Gynennin, a veteran of the club, deadlifted an awe-inspiring 277.5kg at a bodyweight of 74kg. He won the best male classic lifter as well. Alison’s first meet was this and she walked away with gold in her category, multiple national records, and best female lifter for the contest. It was awesome to see such a large club displaying both prowess on the platform and skill in hosting such a high caliber meet. Having to run an event of sixty-six competitors is something that takes preparation and patience. The UAPA showed they were up to the task. Thank you to them and their crew for hosting such an event.
The bench only portion had Ben Worsell benching an impressive 220kg. Mr. John Giffen attempted an astonishing 320kg but just was not in the fold today. Either way the bencher started the meet with a bang.
Keith Banner, a veteran Alberta lifter, wowed the butterdome with his classic 320kg squat, 180kg bench, and 300kg deadlift. Proving that super human strength can come with such a humble personality.
Kain Lyon, APU President, showed how equipped lifting is still exciting as ever to watch. He squatted 280kg and attempted a national record of 295.5kg but just couldn’t get a pass from the referees. We know he has it and should be posting that big squat in the very near future. He pulled an awesome 287.5kg getting him a few wilks points away from the 500 milestone. Bryce Steier, a lifter from the Medicine Hat Powerlifting Club, also had a great meet. He pulled for his qualifying total for nationals and succeeded. It is always great to see such a strong Alberta presence at Nationals and Bryce will make an excellent addition to our national team. Congratulations.
National records, provincial records, and personal best were had and a great meet for the year of 2012 it was. Special thanks again to all the volunteers who made this meet happen. Without willing meet directors and volunteers, Alberta would not have as many meets as we currently do.
Congratulations again to all those who competed, it was a high caliber event with awesome displays of physical strength.
The APU wishes everyone an enjoyable December. We hope it is filled with family, friends, and a barbell.
- Shane MartinWednesday, November 14th, 2012
The UAPA's Power Surge III meet is being held in Edmonton on December 1st, 2012. The entry deadline for this meet has come and gone with it shaping up to be the the most well attended meet in Alberta this year with over 40 3-lift competitors. If the UAPA's past meets are any indication then we can be sure this will be a well run meet with plenty of exciting moments.- Kain Lyon